Scott, David and Alexei Leonov, with Christine Toomey. Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2004. First U.S. Edition. Signed by Scott on the full title page. In the original publisher’s hardback boards and dust jacket.
Presented is the first U.S. edition of David Scott and Alexi Leonov’s book Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race. Previously published in Great Britain by Simon & Schuster, this first U.S. edition was published by Thomas Dunne Books, in New York, in October of 2004. The book is presented in its original black cloth hard boards with gilt titles to the spine and the original glossy color dust jacket. The book is signed by David Scott on the full title page.
With a foreword by Neil Armstrong and an introduction by Tom Hanks, Two Sides of the Moon is based on over two hundred hours of interviews conducted by Christine Toomey with Alexei Leonov in Moscow and David Scott in London. Written in the form of interwoven memoirs, the book tells the story of the Cold War space race through both men’s extraordinary experiences as the first man to walk in space and one of only twelve men to have walked on the Moon.
Growing up on either side of the Iron Curtain, David Scott and Alexei Leonov experienced very different upbringings but shared a love of flying. In this unique dual autobiographical account, astronaut Scott and cosmonaut Leonov recount their lives and careers exploring space. These parallel tales of adventure and heroism reveal the drama of one of the most ambitious contests ever embarked on by man- the race to space- set against the clash of Russian communism and Western democracy. "Two Sides of the Moon is unique among space histories. If you are looking for a balanced, interesting, and personal account of the American and Soviet space programs during the 1960s and 1970s this is it" (Astronomy Magazine).
Very good condition. Presented in the publisher’s original black cloth hard boards with gilt embossed titles to the spine. Original glossy full color dust jacket. Dust jacket in good condition, with only light shelf wear and light creasing to the back of the dust jacket. Book is signed “Dave Scott” in black ink on the full title page. Internally, pages are clean and free from tears, stains, or marks. Illustrated with numerous black and white photographs throughout. 416 pp. Book Dimensions: 9 ½” H x 6 ½” W x 1 ½” D.